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Pokegirl98
August 26th, 2009, 10:05 AM
I bought five GBA games (Fire Red, Leaf Green, Emerald, Saphire, Ruby) used off Ebay. I was playing Leaf Green and I beat the fifth gym. I saved the game and turned it off, and when i went back on it had deleted itself. The same happened to Fire Red after the second gym, and Saphire after the first gym.Ruby also freezes ALL THE TIME. Before I play it will say either "save five is okay" or "save file has been deleted...". I'm guessing that the previous user cheated. Does anyone know why my games keep deleting themselves? And is there anything I can do to keep them from deleting?

Vindy
August 26th, 2009, 10:08 AM
I had that happen with an old copy of Gold. I think age can cause the cartridges to glitch up a little. Unfortunately I don't know how to fix it.

jigglyppuff8
August 26th, 2009, 10:11 AM
Age glitches up just the G/S/C games only due to their short lived internal batteries (7 years). That problem shouldn't happen with GBA games. The problem probably is that the cartridges were hacked or pirated/not official. Not sure if there's anyway to help other than trying to find used/new copies at a reliable source like a video game store, because eBay's sort of unreliable.

Apostrophe
August 26th, 2009, 12:14 PM
I also had a bad experience with a Sapphire version I got off of eBay. The damned thing looked like it got hit with a hammer. It barely fit in the GBA. It had a few glitch tiles in random places. Tell me, when the games delete themselves, does it say "Your savegame looks corrupted... the game may now be played"? (something along those lines) If so, you're having the same problem I had.

I'd go so far as to tell you to just trash that eBay garbage that you just got ripped off with, and go get real copies. Where? I don't know, I don't know of any stores that still sell them. Maybe you can order them online at some official Pokemon website. If not, I suggest getting an emulator because it's not like GameFreak would be losing out by you downloading a game they're not even selling anymore.

Megaman765
August 26th, 2009, 12:27 PM
If you wanna get a real copy then I suggest getting a used one from a gamestore like gamestop if you can't get a new copy. The used ones usually work (they did for me) And alot of stores have the pokemon GBA games used.

Lycaeus
August 26th, 2009, 01:06 PM
As everyone said, it sounds like the games were hacked/not official. I suggest going to a Walmart or Target or GameStop and buying the games there. Walmart and Target would be about 20-30$ and GameStop (used) would probably be around 10-20$.

Sorry for your loss :/.

Teh Blazer
August 26th, 2009, 01:22 PM
Poor you. I bet you lost quite a bit of money on that. Most likely, they're fake. Don't trust Ebay, ever.

Pokegirl98
August 27th, 2009, 03:01 PM
I also had a bad experience with a Sapphire version I got off of eBay. The damned thing looked like it got hit with a hammer. It barely fit in the GBA. It had a few glitch tiles in random places. Tell me, when the games delete themselves, does it say "Your savegame looks corrupted... the game may now be played"? (something along those lines) If so, you're having the same problem I had.

Yeah. it said something like "Your game has been corrupted...the game will be loaded...your game may now be played". thanks for all the help. MAN! willl this hurt my ds? i had a ds and pokemon diamond COMPLETLEY ruined when my friend traded me some hacked pokemon. now i have the limeted edition Palkia/Dialga ds.

The Red Chain
August 27th, 2009, 03:29 PM
Yeah. it said something like "Your game has been corrupted...the game will be loaded...your game may now be played". thanks for all the help. MAN! willl this hurt my ds?

No, it will not hurt your DS, so no worries. =]
It's only a little glitch in the game/save file.

Pokegirl98
August 28th, 2009, 01:19 PM
Oh good...such a relief...thank you all for all the help. because i just figured out that you can't migrate from the gba's to Platinum, so it would have been pretty bad if it glitched up my ds for NO REASON.

Greene1516
August 28th, 2009, 02:44 PM
I bought five GBA games (Fire Red, Leaf Green, Emerald, Saphire, Ruby) used off Ebay. I was playing Leaf Green and I beat the fifth gym. I saved the game and turned it off, and when i went back on it had deleted itself. The same happened to Fire Red after the second gym, and Saphire after the first gym.Ruby also freezes ALL THE TIME. Before I play it will say either "save five is okay" or "save file has been deleted...". I'm guessing that the previous user cheated. Does anyone know why my games keep deleting themselves? And is there anything I can do to keep them from deleting?

Each game has an internal battery and when that dies the game stops being able to hold save data. However even the old GameBoy Colour games take about 9-10yrs for the batteries to die, and the batteries of the Advance games take much longer, and considering the advance games are only out 6yrs and you bought the games on ebay, they are likely fake games.

pokemontrainer_samuel
August 28th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Each game has an internal battery and when that dies the game stops being able to hold save data. However even the old GameBoy Colour games take about 9-10yrs for the batteries to die, and the batteries of the Advance games take much longer, and considering the advance games are only out 6yrs and you bought the games on ebay, they are likely fake games.

Yes indeed, it's a pirated one. Their batteries usually die out within a year. I used to wonder why my games lasted longer than all my friend's before I found out they bought pirated ones. 6 years and I'm still playing the same save file while theirs gets auto deleted within a year of buying a gamepak XD

pokemaster21
August 28th, 2009, 06:10 PM
I bought five GBA games (Fire Red, Leaf Green, Emerald, Saphire, Ruby) used off Ebay. I was playing Leaf Green and I beat the fifth gym. I saved the game and turned it off, and when i went back on it had deleted itself. The same happened to Fire Red after the second gym, and Saphire after the first gym.Ruby also freezes ALL THE TIME. Before I play it will say either "save five is okay" or "save file has been deleted...". I'm guessing that the previous user cheated. Does anyone know why my games keep deleting themselves? And is there anything I can do to keep them from deleting?
looks like you've got fake copies. or...the internal battery that keeps track of the clock has gone dry. that happens to me on gold all the time. It never saves.

Tudj
August 28th, 2009, 07:05 PM
Yer as said its either fake/bad overseas copies or an Internal Battery dead, but it can be fixed if the Internal battery dies.

Pokegirl98
August 29th, 2009, 05:53 AM
I don't think they're pirated/not offical. they came with the original instuction booklets with the nintendo seal on them.

Dunsparce
August 29th, 2009, 06:09 AM
I don't think they're pirated/not offical. they came with the original instuction booklets with the nintendo seal on them.

The Nintendo Seal can be Copied. ANYONE can take a ROM dump and paste the Nintendo seal of Quality on it. It's a no-brainer.

There's no hidden magic that can stop Pirates from putting that on their hacked games.

Greene1516
August 29th, 2009, 06:30 AM
I don't think they're pirated/not offical. they came with the original instuction booklets with the nintendo seal on them.

I got slapped with a fake Platinum from ebay once and it looked exactly like a real game.

dark charmander
August 29th, 2009, 06:58 AM
i have the same problum with my gold. its because of the battery in the game but im not sure if GBA pokemon games do that though =/
A magazine called Pokemon World that i get did and article on how to fix it but i cant remember how i'll have a check and see if i can find that issue

Cheesymitten
August 29th, 2009, 07:03 AM
What was the colour of the cartridge?
If it was black it's most likely it's a bootleg copy.
If it's green then there is something wrong with the game or it's been painted, which isn't likely.

Can you report the person on ebay?

The Darkest Gale
August 29th, 2009, 07:06 AM
I had it happen to my emerald but weird thiong was is that I always used it in my gamebay advance
I tried it in my ds and *the file has been corrupted*
I also would like to find out this has happened

Cheesymitten
August 29th, 2009, 07:14 AM
I had it happen to my emerald but weird thiong was is that I always used it in my gamebay advance
I tried it in my ds and *the file has been corrupted*
I also would like to find out this has happened
Well this may seem like a stupid explanation but this is what i tried when I had a bootleg copy-
After saving the game i always soft reset to the title screen, once you get the message then you can turn the power off, this seemed like a safe way to do it.
The problem was you can under no circumstances take the cartridge out... There's 90% that the game will delete itself, though my bootleg copy hasn't deleted itself.
And seriously that soft reset will do a lot of good, usually the game deleted the save file if i didn't switch it on/off/soft reset ect.

So the only way it seems like you can migrate is trading to someone else's game...

For those that wanted to know (not that many i'm sure) my bootleg still hasn't deleted itself after 5 months...[/brag].

If it doesn't work then i'm sorry you're going to have to get a new one, but trading is more fun :P

Archer
August 29th, 2009, 11:16 PM
The batteries can also be ruined due to water/moisture damage or a sharp impact, such as dropping the game onto a solid surface from a height. You could always consider replacing them if you're up to pulling open the cartridge. There's guides for this on the net, so just Google them.

Mr. Tabachi
September 1st, 2009, 06:04 PM
Its probably because he/she took it apart trying to hack it (god knows why).

Archer
September 2nd, 2009, 03:14 AM
Its probably because he/she took it apart trying to hack it (god knows why).
What are you on about? You wouldn't be stupid enough to open the case, besides, the case is damn hard to open, you need a special screwdriver. I still don't see why you would suggest that. If they didn't remove the battery or break any related components, it should be fine. The fact that it will hold a save file for a while, then expiring makes me think it's a dying battery.

Pokegirl98
September 6th, 2009, 06:23 AM
What was the colour of the cartridge?
If it was black it's most likely it's a bootleg copy.
If it's green then there is something wrong with the game or it's been painted, which isn't likely.


hmmm....the firered is a translucent red, the leafgreen is a translucet green, the sapphire is a translucent blue. the emerald is a dark translucent green, and ruby is a tranlucent crimson.

Air Pichu
September 6th, 2009, 03:20 PM
There's something wrong with your DS/DSi/Gameboy/Gameboy Advance SP then I guess.

Pokegirl98
September 7th, 2009, 11:55 AM
I doubt it. I doubt there's anything wrong on my DS, none of my DS or GBA games do that.

Jak
September 7th, 2009, 12:02 PM
My friend has a pirated Emerald Version and he only knew the first five minutes of the game, but he took it to Best Buy and now it saves just like a normal Emerald. I don't know if it costed or anything, but you can try going there and seeing if they can fix it for you, whether it's pirated or not.

SinisterPink
September 12th, 2009, 09:20 AM
I was told from a games shop to buy european games as all american/japanese GBA games are now pirated as the market is so lucrative, he said the European games are really exspensive for that very reason, I managed to get Sapphire, Fire Red and Emerald from a games shop on Amazon all three cost £75 pounds and so far look okay to me though one obviously has used a hack cartridge on there as he has 15 master balls :O).

Sarah

ACE9
September 12th, 2009, 09:29 AM
try amazon.com

you can specify you want an unopened brand new game

XDragonRiderX
September 20th, 2009, 03:36 PM
thats because its probaly fake wat color are the catridges?

DestinyBender
September 29th, 2009, 12:48 PM
Meh. It's eBay. Ya never know what might happen if you bid.

HeidiMoose
October 1st, 2009, 11:50 AM
Three words: DON'T TRUST EBAY.
I prefer Amazon, but that's me.
Check someone's credibility (% of positive notes) before purchasing a game from them online.
Or just buy it new, then you definitely won't have any problems.

The Power of Pika
October 8th, 2009, 06:19 AM
If your unsure on whether they're fake or not here's something you can look at.
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[URL]http://reviews.ebay.com.au/FAKE-POKEMON-gameboy-games-COMPREHENSIVE-GUIDE-PICS_W0QQugidZ10000000004240408?ssPageName=BUYGD:CAT:-1:LISTINGS:1 (http://reviews.ebay.com.au/FAKE-POKEMON-gameboy-games-COMPREHENSIVE-GUIDE-PICS_W0QQugidZ10000000004240408?ssPageName=BUYGD:CAT:-1:LISTINGS:1)
Also to those talking about the battery dying. While RSE have batteries, LG and FR don't have batteries. LG and FR practically have no battery to die. So either the flash is bad or the games are fake.

A legit LG from the link above.
http://i15.ebayimg.com/05/s/000/77/48/71e5_2.JPG

I really advise those who are unsure to look at the link and compare. You can check inside a LG cart by holding it a certain way to the light to see if a battery exists. If a battery is inside it is fake.

During the GBA era not all GBA games used a battery save since some used a type of flash chip save and didn't require a battery.

ShinyGiratina
October 11th, 2009, 12:00 PM
Hm...strange. They may have been bootleg copies. Did you buy them all from one seller?

RivalGator
October 11th, 2009, 12:03 PM
I think it's glitching up because it's old. But I am not sure if there is any way to fix this problem.

Lockerz
October 12th, 2009, 12:54 PM
I bought five GBA games (Fire Red, Leaf Green, Emerald, Saphire, Ruby) used off Ebay. I was playing Leaf Green and I beat the fifth gym. I saved the game and turned it off, and when i went back on it had deleted itself. The same happened to Fire Red after the second gym, and Saphire after the first gym.Ruby also freezes ALL THE TIME. Before I play it will say either "save five is okay" or "save file has been deleted...". I'm guessing that the previous user cheated. Does anyone know why my games keep deleting themselves? And is there anything I can do to keep them from deleting?
Ah I know what the problem is. You see those cartridges use batteries when you save. So now that its about 6-5 years later those batteries are starting to die off. It's okay just buy a battery of online or your local hardware store and get somebody to replace the battery for you. The problem is just that the battery has run out the game is fine though.

But the ruby one might have some dust inside of the cartridge so you might want to get that cleaned.

EvilMudkip
October 18th, 2009, 01:10 AM
Before I got my legit Emerald, I was playing a pirate Sapphire that came with the GBA we bought from Spain. After about a year it started doing a pretty odd thing: if the game wasn't played for nearly exactly 24 hours, the save would be deleted. I lived with it, but after a few months the time got totally random... then I got the Emerald.

btw, I don't think all American versions are fake... my mother bought the Emerald on his vacation to New York and it has shown no problems. (I live in Finland)

Pokegirl98
October 28th, 2009, 01:10 PM
Hm...strange. They may have been bootleg copies. Did you buy them all from one seller?

Yes, all of my copies came from one seller.

Nikorasu
October 29th, 2009, 06:49 AM
Owned.

In other news this happened to my friend on gold. Whenever he saved it didn't work and he had to start again. He had spent 20 hours on it at one point. (Played from the morning and then passed out >.<0 He is peed of how much life he wasted on nothing :(

I would advise you to just rebuy the games.

xeasuperdark
October 29th, 2009, 08:26 AM
I had the same problem with my silver version....open the cartdrige and try chainging the watch battery, if that dosent work i dont know what to tell you.

TLOSC8
October 29th, 2009, 08:48 AM
Owned.

In other news this happened to my friend on gold. Whenever he saved it didn't work and he had to start again. He had spent 20 hours on it at one point. (Played from the morning and then passed out >.<0 He is peed of how much life he wasted on nothing :(

I would advise you to just rebuy the games.

Both my Silver and Gold version do the same thing. It's either because it's old, or because of the copy glitch.

hi fi wi fi
October 30th, 2009, 09:41 PM
These games have been around for a long time and some of their batteries (or whatever you wanna call it) stops working so their save abillity is not functional meening you will most likely have to get a new game or replace the battery thingy sorry mate =\

Crackin355
September 22nd, 2010, 02:56 AM
I just bought exactly what you just bought .___. Really sucks, they look like normal copies and on the back it says "MODEL NO. ABC-004 PAT.PEND. MADEINJAPAN" with a sticker with a Z on it, near the numbers. God I hate rip-offs

EDIT: Yep, they're fake, all of them. God, I wanna kill eBay -__- The 3rd time eBay has screwed me over

Jak
September 22nd, 2010, 12:22 PM
I don't think he cares anymore since the last post in this thread was last year.

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